Girl gets bit by dolphin at Seaworld

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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:06:25 PM
Thoughts? Personally I think that this was a perfect opportunity for the parents to teach how important it is to follow directions when they are given by professionals in that type of environment. But rather than using it as a teaching opportunity, her parents see dollar signs.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:19:51 PM
They're feeding ANIMALS. There is always a risk.

The kid wasn't paying attention, held up a container that the animal associates with food. It's always possible that this can happen. Should SeaWorld pay for any medical bills? I don't know. Did they have to sign a waiver to feed the animals? If not, then SeaWorld should probably pick up the tab.

The injury looks pretty minor, the girl seemed relatively okay after the fact, and the parents honestly seem like jerks. They were smart to film her hand so they could record the injury, but I didn't like the way they lied to their daughter, saying "We're not going to show anybody." Oh, except the entire Internet. And the news. Someone's looking to get paid.



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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:30:39 PM
Honestly, I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. Dolphins are wild animals who are/can be unpredictable.

My sympathies lie with the dolphin.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:32:18 PM
We saw this on the news, and the parents are out for blood.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:37:47 PM
I don't think the girl did anything wrong, she lifted the container, probably because it was empty to give to her parents. I can see anyone doing that. You lift the container up as you get up to walk away too.
I think it was an honest accident.




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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:39:00 PM
..."the parents are out for blood."

Gimme a break! They willingly expose their kids to a possible risk and now they are pissed off at Seaworld??

No one could have seen that one coming. The blame lies with the parents and not the dolphin or Seaworld.




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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:44:47 PM

I've fed the dolphins at SeaWorld Orlando. We had to stand back against a wall until we were given instructions on how to safely feed the dolphins. Among the instructions was making sure nothing was visible above the railing. DD was 8 at the time and understood the instructions, but I did not leave her side for a second during the encounter. The dolphins were very sweet, but we were told they are wild animals and that they know what their food looks like.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:45:45 PM

I don't think the girl did anything wrong, she lifted the container, probably because it was empty to give to her parents.


Yeah, I don't think she's at "fault," but she had her eye off the dolphin and didn't see it coming.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:47:44 PM

I don't think the girl did anything wrong, she lifted the container, probably because it was empty to give to her parents. I can see anyone doing that. You life the container up as you get up to walk away too.


While this is probably the case, you are given EXPLICIT instructions by the staff to NOT pick up the containers at all, even when they are empty.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:50:59 PM
I saw the parents do an interview yesterday, and they didn't act like they wanted money at all. In fact they said they didn't want money, but just wanted eveyone else to be aware of this, and for seaworld to fix it. Hmm..not sure what seaworld will do to fix it..as it sounds like they are being pretty deligent on instructions.






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Posted: 12/3/2012 1:00:13 PM

While this is probably the case, you are given EXPLICIT instructions by the staff to NOT pick up the containers at all, even when they are empty.


I heard a quote on the news this morning where the staff said they had repeatedly told everyone not to pick up the containers.

I put this in the category of stuff happens when you are interacting with animals that you shouldn't be.




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Posted: 12/3/2012 1:02:43 PM

While this is probably the case, you are given EXPLICIT instructions by the staff to NOT pick up the containers at all, even when they are empty.

ahhh...I didn't know this. Is that too much to expect from a kid to remember? Maybe the containers need to be glued down.

but she had her eye off the dolphin and didn't see it coming.

again she's a kid, can't expect too much




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Posted: 12/3/2012 1:03:02 PM
We've done the dolphin feeding at Sea World Orlando 3 times in the last 3 years. You do get pretty up close to the dolphins and their teeth! I never feed them myself. I just stand there with DS while he holds out the bait and I never look away. You accept a certain amount of risk when feeding dolphins and any idiot should know that.

I don't think anyone is at fault here. That girl was very lucky though. I think that the dolphin could have ripped her arm off if it wanted to. But instead, she has a few cool dolphin bite marks to show her friends.



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Posted: 12/3/2012 1:05:25 PM
It's pretty telling that instead of taking the kid to the first aid station, they are telling her how important it is to film her injury, and that they won't show anyone.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 1:17:29 PM
From the article:


A trip to Sea World takes a violent turn when a dolphin attacks a little girl from Georgia.



Really? The dolphin attacked?

No, the dolphin was being fed. It thought it was being given food.

Anyone with an animal knows the animals know routines & items. My dogs know to come running when the cabinet with the PB in it is openned. I don't know how they distinguish between the PB cabinet & the others, but it's the PB cabinet that brings them running.

In the same way, these dolphins know what that white container means. It means food.


Her mother, Amy Thomas, in a phone interview with FOX News, said she wonders if such close encounters with animals are worth it when it comes to a child's safety.



So what do they want? Seaworld to discontinue the attraction. To take away the experience of feeding the dolphins from others.

No! Let other people decide for themselves, if this is an experience they want to partake in.




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Posted: 12/3/2012 1:24:30 PM
On the interview I saw this morning, the parents specifically said that they were not going to sue Seaworld, but they did want something done to help keep it from happening again. (Don't know what, though - there's an inherent risk in feeding a wild animal, no matter what precautions you take.)

And the little girl was a sweetie. She said she was mostly worried about the dolphin getting sick from eating something (the container?) that it shouldn't have. And she still wants to work at SeaWorld when she gets older.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 1:48:08 PM

And she still wants to work at SeaWorld when she gets older


Hopefully there won't be any Sea Worlds when she gets older...


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Posted: 12/3/2012 1:59:32 PM
That was a scary moment for that girl and thank goodness she is ok.

The parents were on GMA this morning and didn't seem like they were seeking money, they even admitted that the girl didn't follow the rules.

I think they just wanted the staff at SeaWorld to have acted more concerned when it happened. Plus they said they think SW should change their rules and not allow kids to feed the dolphins

(part of me also wonders if they just want their 15 minutes of fame)


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Posted: 12/3/2012 2:10:09 PM
I forsee that quickly there will be no zoos because insurance will be too expensive. I think there are times when parents think that it's "ok" and don't stop to realize that the animals are still animals and you need to pay attention and not take risks.



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Posted: 12/3/2012 2:14:29 PM
Sounds like a case of we didn't follow the rules or watch our child closely enough so now we want to ruin it for everyone.




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Posted: 12/3/2012 2:27:18 PM

My sympathies lie with the dolphin.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 2:41:13 PM
People are stupid. They want to experience being up close and personal with wild animals and then they are upset when they act like wild animals.



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Posted: 12/3/2012 3:42:18 PM

Sounds like a case of we didn't follow the rules or watch our child closely enough so now we want to ruin it for everyone.


This is what I keep wondering. They say they don't want $$ but they want SeaWorld to change. How? It sounds like SW did what they should have and now the parents are in need of their 15 minutes


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Posted: 12/3/2012 4:03:02 PM
I saw the parents and the girl on GMA this morning and they did not at all sound like they were out for blood, money, or railing against Sea World. They repeatedly said "Our daughter did not follow the rules."

What they did say they want is a clearer warning about what could happen and maybe more signs, because they said -though they're sure there were signs- they couldn't honestly remember seeing one. They were also a little annoyed that the Sea World worker asked if they wanted first aid when the child was bleeding and crying and clearly hurt. (I would have been annoyed by that too. Gee- do you think she needs first aid?)

I was feeding seal (sea lion?) at Sea World a few years ago - holding a carton of fish just like that girl was. About ten seconds after the SW employee told us 'don't hold onto the fish- take it out of the carton and give it right to the animal' (because of bold gulls)- didn't I spend a second too long holding onto my fish. The seal was making annoyed noises at me and a gull swooped right in front of me and stole the fish- which was halfway to the seal's mouth. It was so fast and surprising I jumped back and bumped into DH- who was getting ready to take a picture. He snapped as I bumped into him- and ended up getting an action shot of the whole thing. I love that picture. It's a ticked off seal and a blur of bird and fish.

Anyway. No one got hurt. It happened because I wasn't paying enough attention. But after it happened, the SW employee loudly sighed, rolled her eyes and made me a cautionary tale for everyone else there. That wasn't necessary- nor was it professional. So- even though the whole stupid thing was my own fault- and I wasn't mad - I was annoyed by the employee's reaction and attitude. It sounded to me like the parents in this case were in about the same place.

I've seen this story all day long on the local news and they're all leading with "Girl gets attacked by dolphin!" I want to scream every time I hear it. The dolphin was not attacking her- it was going for the carton and the kid was in the way. Geez. Why does the news have to sound like Entertainment Tonight with their promos??

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Posted: 12/3/2012 4:40:25 PM
Maybe the Dad should have been watching the kid a little more closely rather than taping it? I realize the girl may have forgotten the rules, she's a kid but that's why the parent is supposed to be there.

I don't think they are looking for money at this point, not sure what they want - I personally didn't find the story to be newsworthy.




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Posted: 12/3/2012 8:05:51 PM
There are signs everywhere as a reminder, but the employees tell you not to hold anything above the edge at least 3-4 times. During the instruction period and partway through.

The staff asking if she needed first aid doesn't bother me nearly as much as her parents video taping the injury before dealing with it. Maybe they did, but it doesn't see that way since there's no bandage on the kid's hand.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 8:22:47 PM
It is a real, wild animal with real and sharp teeth. The risk is implied.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 8:38:07 PM
I think SeaWorld should do something to prevent this in the future. Seriously, is there NOTHING that they can do to try and stop this from occurring again?

Whether they decide to discontinue the attraction, or figure out a way to make it safer, something should be done. That little girl could have been injured much more seriously.

Little kids don't always remember the rules and act instinctively. The box was empty, she lifted it up. I'm sure it's happened many times, but this time it didn't end up so good for someone.

Responsibility lies all around, but I think some measures could be taken to at least try and prevent this in the future.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 8:41:27 PM
I also saw the parents on GMA and while they did say that they weren't looking for money, I wondered what their point of running to the media was.

They criticized the Sea World employee for asking them if they wanted medical care for their daughter and indicated that they felt Sea World didn't treat the injury seriously enough.

They also indicated that they don't think the dolphin feeding should exist anymore. That didn't sit well with me. It's an optional encounter and they are certainally free to not choose to partake in the experience again. The bite happended on the familes' second feeding of the day.

I don't think they should push for my child to not be able experience it. There are clear rules for the feeding encounters and instructions are given and repeated multiple times. It is up to a parent to decide if their child is capable of following the rules and to then to determine for themselves if this opportunity is for them. Their child messed up. And she has, what appeared to be a fairly minor injury to show for it. I don't think that's a reason to push for the opportunity to be taken away.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 8:51:30 PM

They were also a little annoyed that the Sea World worker asked if they wanted first aid when the child was bleeding and crying and clearly hurt. (I would have been annoyed by that too. Gee- do you think she needs first aid?)


Speaking from the standpoint of someone who used to work for a major theme park, we were required to ask if someone wanted first aid (up to 3 times) before any action could be taken.

You'd think "well, DUH", but, as we've seen too many times, people do strange things. It's part of the company CYA to make sure first aid is not administered unless with given permission.

I've fed the dolphins with DD at Sea World twice. They are very, VERY clear in their directions and why they should be followed. It is, IMO, an unfortunate accident that occurred when one of the rules wasn't followed.


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